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Why do I need to use the manufactures oil?

Lubricant oil is all the same, right? Not exactly. Your air compressor is a vital part of your operation and want to take care of it while keeping it running efficiently to ensure it stays in top shape for a long time. Chicago Pneumatic oils are a unique blend created specifically for our machines for optimal efficiency and strongly recommend using in all of our compressors. Oil is the lifeblood of most machinery, from vehicles and lawn mowers to boats and air compressors. Inside of each machine exists a system of moving pieces, most of which involve metal surfaces that — without proper lubrication — could end up damaged through repeated internal friction.

Screw Compressor Lubricants:

With special ScrewGuard Rotair lubricants to maximize the life if your Screw Compressor, we have 4 available options: 1. ScrewGuard Rotair, 2. ScrewGuard Rotair Plus, 3. ScrewGuard Rotair Xtra, and 4. ScrewGuard Rotair FoodGrade.

Synthetic Compressor Oil offers extended service life in rotary screw compressors (up to 8,000 hrs) and greatly reduces deposits in both single and multi-stage reciprocating air compressors.

Piston Compressor Lubricants:

Chicago Pneumatic understands not all of our machines have the same requirements to keep them running at a flawless level. We have created a special lubricant line just for our Piston compressors, CP Air Compressor Oil. This oil is formulated to maximize the life of compressor pumps and values for your piston compressor. Using Chicago Pneumatic Air Compressor oil will help reduce oil consumption, boost performance in all weather conditions and increase the life of your piston compressor.

Risks you can avoid by using CP Oils for CP machines:

The use of poorly performing lubricants can cause irreversible damage to your equipment, substantially increase maintenance, and repair costs. The consequences of poorly performing lubricants can be: Wear of components and increased friction. Reduced critical clearance. Limited operation range. Reduced cooling and overheated bearings, compression elements and/or components. Corrosion. Wrong pH, damage to parts, seals and internal elements. Varnish layer on internal parts (coolers, piping…). Low performance, higher energy consumption, higher costs. Deposits. High, unpredictable maintenance cost. Clogging of oil filter, separator and downstream air filters.

Purchasing a generic low-cost lubricant may seem like an effective way to achieve modest cost savings. However, if the generic lubricant causes deposit formation, provides insufficient lubrication or inadequate resistance to wear, the risk of a breakdown increases. If the element needs to be replaced after only a few years, the resulting overall cost reveals a different picture. For more information on our lubricants, please visit

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Whether you have questions about which compressor is right for you, or if you’re ready to improve your operations and start saving on expenses. Chicago Pneumatic has been around for over 100 years because we offer reliable and hardworking air compressors, as well as expert advice and support.

You ask, we listen. Please join us every Thursday with #CPTechThursday posting common questions you would like answered. Our passion are our machines and helping our customers. Reach out anytime.

Steve Shrum , Technical Support Manager for Chicago Pneumatic

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Please contact [email protected] for additional information. For tech support for any Chicago Pneumatic product, please call us at (877)861-2722, opt 1. Or email us at [email protected] . We look forward to helping.

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